Wednesday, March 15, 2006

TV: The New Adventures of Old Christine

Genre: Sitcom
Logistics: CBS, 8:30 p.m. (Central) Monday
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GET OUT! (Insert image of Elaine shoving Jerry on Seinfeld here.) Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back in The New Adventures of Old Elaine – oops, I mean The New Adventures of Old Christine, the latest attempt by CBS to find a successful complement to its sitcom hit Two and a Half Men and the second attempt by Louis-Dreyfus to go it alone post-Seinfeld. The good news here is that she now seems comfortable letting the hilarious Elaine-ness shine through, whereas her previous NBC effort, Watching Ellie, seemed to be a conscious effort to distance herself from that persona. Monday's two shows weren't as funny as the promos, but Louis-Dreyfus appeared comfortable and confident in her role as a newly single mom with a cute tyke around whom much of the show revolves. Lots of mileage will obviously come from the relationship with her ex, who has hooked up with a younger woman named … Christine. The initial plots involved her son, Ritchie (Trevor Gagnon), settling into a new private school and Christine deciding it's time to seek out a guy who's, you know, sponge-worthy – something this show might be, as well, with a little stronger writing.

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